Have you accidentally deleted some WhatsApp messages that you cared about and are desperate because you don't know how to recover them? Don't worry, the last word hasn't been said yet.
WhatsApp, as you probably already know, includes a backup feature that saves a copy of messages on your smartphone. If you are lucky enough to have a backup prior to the date you deleted the conversations, you can easily restore them by reinstalling the popular messaging app on your smartphone and confirming your willingness to retrieve the chats from the backup, which will be automatically detected by the app.
The procedure can be done on both Android and iPhone, but let's say that on the "green robot" operating system there is more room for manoeuvre, so you are more likely to recover everything. To learn more, please read on, you'll find all the details on how to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp right below. In the meantime, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you... this can also be useful in similar circumstances!
How to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp Android
As I told you at the beginning, recovering deleted messages from WhatsApp on Android is feasible and, in addition, it offers more chances of recovery than what happens on iPhone, as the application saves its backups both in the cloud (on Google Drive, to be precise) and locally (i.e. directly on the smartphone memory). Keep in mind, however, that in order for everything to go as it should, the phone used must be associated to the same phone number and the same Google account as the device from which the backup comes.
That said, to retrieve deleted messages from WhatsApp from a previous backup, simply uninstall the popular messaging app, reinstall it, and accept the restoration of backups found on Google Drive or in the phone's memory. In the first case you can restore only the most recent backup automatically performed by the application, while in the second case you have the possibility to select "manually" the backups to restore and decide the exact date to which to restore the conversations.
Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the heart of the matter. So, if you want to use Google Drive, first of all make sure that a backup is available to use for message retrieval. So, open WhatsApp on your smartphone, tap the vertical three-dot button in the top right corner and select Settings from the menu that opens. Next, tap the Chat item, tap Chat Backup and check the date of your last backup, if any.
If the date of the last backup is earlier than the one you need (i.e. the date when the messages to be retrieved were still present in WhatsApp), make sure that the phone you are using is associated with the same Google account and the same phone number as the device on which the backup was generated (otherwise the conversation retrieval procedure will not be successful). To do this, tap on the Settings icon (the one with the gear wheel) on the home screen and select the Account item from the screen that opens, then tap on the Google logo and verify the email address shown.
If, on the other hand, the backup date is later than the date you need to retrieve the chats, you can rely on WhatsApp backups stored in the device's memory, which, unlike online backups, accumulate and then allow you to restore the popular messaging app to a state earlier than the last backup created. To verify the date of WhatsApp's last local backup, simply go to the HomeWhatsAppDatabases or SDWhatsAppDatabases folder using any file manager (e.g. Google Files) and check the dates of the various files named msgstore-[data].1.db.crypt12 (where [date] represents the day the backup was created).
Once you find the local backup you are interested in, temporarily store it in a different location or on a cloud storage service. If you want, you can also restore a more dated backup by renaming one of the files named msgstore-[data].1.db.crypt12 (where [date] refers to the day the backup was created) - which are always in the Databases folder - to msgstore.db.crypt12.
At this point, regardless of whether you want to take advantage of a backup on Google Drive or a local backup, you can finally take the real action. So first, delete the WhatsApp app from your device. To do so, press and hold the WhatsApp icon on your home screen or drawer for a few moments, drag it to the trashcan icon at the top of the screen, and answer affirmatively when asked if you want to delete the app.
Next, download and re-install WhatsApp by visiting its Play Store section and tapping the Install button. Then start the application by tapping on the Open button that appears on the display or by selecting the icon that has been added to the home screen. If you don't understand some of the steps, please read my article specifically dedicated to how to install WhatsApp on Android.
Now, if you backed up to your device's memory, first insert the backup file that you temporarily stored in the location I mentioned earlier, then go to this page to view the apps that have access to your Google account and remove WhatsApp from the list to force the app to search for local, not cloud, backups.
Next, go to the Chat section of the app: if everything went well, you should finally find yourself in front of the chats you deleted earlier. And voilà!
How to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp iPhone
Unlike on Android, to retrieve deleted messages from WhatsApp on the iPhone, you can only use backups saved to the cloud, i.e. iCloud, because no local data backup function is available for "melaphone". This allows you to recover your chats without "tinkering" with the restore files, but unfortunately cancels the possibility to choose the date to which to restore the application. In addition, for everything to go well, the reference backup must be to the same phone number and iCloud account that were previously associated with WhatsApp.
Having made the necessary clarifications above, in order to succeed, first make sure you have a backup from which you can restore the chats. To do so, open WhatsApp and choose Settings at the bottom-right of the main screen of the app you are shown. Next, go to Chat, the Chat Backup item, and make sure that the new screen you are shown is showing that you have backed up, as well as the date of the most recent backup.
If the iCloud backup feature is not available, go to the iOS home screen to resolve it, select the Settings icon (the one with the gear wheel) and tap on your name at the top of the screen. If you're not logged in with your Apple ID on your device (and your name doesn't appear), select the appropriate wording to remedy this. On the next screen, tap the iCloud item and make sure the switches next to the iCloud Drive and WhatsApp words are turned ON (or you can do it yourself).
After you complete the above steps, you can finally proceed to retrieve the deleted messages from WhatsApp. So, delete the WhatsApp app from your device by tapping on its icon on the home screen and continuing to hold on to it for a few seconds, then selecting Delete App from the menu that opens and tapping the Delete button in response to the warning that appears on the display. For more information on what to do, you can consult my post specifically dedicated to how to uninstall apps on iPhone.
Next, download and re-install WhatsApp on your Apple smartphone by accessing the WhatsApp section of the App Store, tapping the Get Info button, the Install button, and authorizing the operation using Face ID, Touch ID, or Apple ID password. Then, launch the application by pressing the Open button that appears on the screen or by selecting the icon that has been added to the home screen.
Once you've completed the initial setup of the app, go to the Chat section of WhatsApp. If there were no problems, you should see the list of conversations you previously removed. That's it!
How to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from your PC
Do you also use WhatsApp from a computer, through the client available for Windows and MacOS, or through the service's web interface, and would you like to figure out how to restore the chats you deleted in this specific case? Well, I'll tell you that this is not feasible directly from a PC, as WhatsApp is not available as a standalone computer application.
The clients for Windows and macOS and WhatsApp Web, in fact, are nothing but real time replicas of what your smartphone offers, which only work if, in turn, WhatsApp is installed and configured on your mobile phone and if it is connected to the Internet, as I explained in detail in my tutorial on how to use WhatsApp on PC.
However, what you can do to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp from PC is to follow the procedure I proposed in the previous lines to recover the chats on Android and iPhone and then access the famous application from PC, so that you can find the conversations of your interest there too.
How to retrieve deleted WhatsApp messages from another phone
Would you be interested in understanding how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from another phone? If so, please be aware that this is feasible, always using backups, by performing the account transfer process.
Once the account transfer is done, in order to succeed, you need to proceed with the recovery of the backup files, as I indicated in the previous steps dedicated to Android and iOS.
Also note that you can retrieve deleted messages from WhatsApp on a different phone even if you are using a different phone number.
How to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp without backups
You don't have a backup of WhatsApp chats, so would you like to find out if there is a way to recover deleted messages from the popular messaging service in this case? The answer is yes but, I'm sorry to tell you, the success of the operation is not 100% guaranteed, on the contrary the chances that it will be successful are far from high.
Let me explain: to recover deleted messages from WhatsApp without backup, you need to use third-party apps and computer programs (after connecting your smartphone to your PC) to recover the deleted data, but they are only effective if the data of interest has not been overwritten by other information on the device memory.
However, if you want to give it a try, you can use apps like EaseUS MobiSaver for Android or Windows and MacOS software like Dr.Fone from Wondershare. For more details, please read my tutorials specifically dedicated to how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages without Android backup and how to recover WhatsApp conversations on iPhone.
How to recover deleted messages from others on WhatsApp
If, however, what you want to find out is how to retrieve deleted messages from others in WhatsApp that are no longer available in chat, you can do it if you use a special "trick".
This is not a feature officially offered by the popular chat app, but rather a practice that can be implemented without too much difficulty using a third-party app, which, I'll tell you, is only available for Android terminals.